Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing – May 17, 2021
Daily briefing on novel coronavirus pandemic worldwide, Turkey, other developments
Anadolu Agency is here with a rundown of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic and other news in Turkey and around the world.
Coronavirus and other developments in Turkey
Turkey’s overall case tally is now over 5.11 million, while the death toll reached 44,760, with 223 more fatalities over the past day.
Customs teams confiscated over a ton of Captagon drug pills at the Iskenderun Port in southern Turkey, the biggest seizure of its kind, the country's trade minister said on Sunday.
Turkish officials on Sunday condemned the violence by German police on a disabled Turkish citizen in Frankfurt.
It is time to show unity and determination in Palestine, and Turkey is ready to take any necessary step, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu at an extraordinary meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
Following a devastating airstrike, Turkey’s top news provider Anadolu Agency has offered international media outlets targeted by Israel the use of its offices and services in Gaza to continue their duties.
Coronavirus developments worldwide
China is the most vaccinated country with nearly 393 million jabs, according to the website data. It is followed by the US with more than 270.83 million shots.
Matt Hancock said there is a “high degree of confidence” that existing vaccines work well against the new variant, but those who are eligible for vaccination have to take up the offer to protect themselves and the country.
As France gears up to lift restrictions and welcome tourists this summer, it has offered free PCR tests to foreigners to detect COVID-19, Secretary of State for European Affairs Clement Beaune told Europe 1 news in an interview on Sunday.
Israeli aggression against Palestinians
Israeli warplanes also bombarded two buildings in the Gaza Strip that had offices of Palestinian labor and social development ministries, the government's media office said.
The airstrikes on Gaza destroyed a total of 40 streets and junctions, the Gaza Municipality said on Sunday.
The number of injured has reached 1,235, while tens of buildings were destroyed or damaged.
Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Israel and Palestine to end the “senseless cycle of bloodshed, terror, and destruction” and return to negotiations for a two-state solution to the conflict at a UN event.
Addressing the same UN event with Guterres, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki described Israeli attacks on occupied territories of Palestine as "war crimes" and urged the UN Security Council to impose sanctions and arms embargo on Tel Aviv.
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